UNESCO launches an unprecedented training course on Open Education in Brazil

The Organization and partners will present the content of the Open Education Leader course in a webinar tomorrow

To create a certification for teachers and managers of Basic Education in all regions of the country, the UNESCO Office in Brazil launches in partnership with the Iniciativa Educação Aberta (Open Education Initiative) the first class of the Open Education Leader course. It is a free and online training, with a 60-hour workload, mixing synchronous and asynchronous moments, intending to create a network of educational leaders committed to educational transformation through the adoption of concepts and practices of openness and promotion digital rights.

A webinar will take place tomorrow (1), at 17:30 (Brazil time), to mark the launch of the course. Participants include the Education sector of UNESCO in Brazil, Rebeca Otero; the executive director of the Educadigital Institute, Priscila Gonsales; and the coordinator of the UNESCO EaD Chair at the University of Brasilia, Tel Amil. The webinar can be followed by the Instituto EducaDigital channel on YouTube.

The Open Education Leader course will consist of eight content modules. It will present practices based on competencies related to Open Educational Resources (OER) – understanding, seeking, using, creating, and sharing – as well as reflections on the relationship between education, digital culture, and human rights.

Participants will have the opportunity to conduct experiments as users of technological solutions based on open standards and free software. Themes such as remix vs. plagiarism, choice of flexible licenses in copyright productions, analysis of repositories, and platforms for publication and sharing will also be part of the course. Moderation will be constant, with some real-time meetings previously scheduled to clarify doubts and interviews with invited experts.

Education and the 2030 Agenda
In November 2019, a recommendation for OER was approved at the UNESCO General Conference, so that member countries accelerate the implementation of open education policies aimed at fulfilling the 4th Objective of the United Nations 2030 Agenda: “ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all”.
“UNESCO’s commitment to open education in Brazil has been going on for a long time, whether in support of regulations already created by the government, such as civil society initiatives. With the launch of the Open Education Leader course, we also want to strengthen the actors of education, to form a network of leaders who can disseminate concepts and practices ”, emphasizes Rebeca Otero, UNESCO in Brazil coordinator of Education.

A certification will be granted at the end of the course, considering participation in debates and online meetings and also the realization of practical activities, which can be done in person or remotely. Fully mediated by specialist professors, places are limited. The selection process, starting on 9/1 and ending on 9/15, will be based on regional diversity, gender, and familiarity with the use of digital technologies in education.